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The Atom Strikes!


Published 1945


Shortly after the end of the war an American mission was sent to Japan, to report on the destruction wrought by the atomic bombs. The mission, organized by the Manhattan Engineer District, included engineer and medical officers and a few scientists. This film portrays some of the devastation they witnessed,.


Run time 00:30:43
Producer US Army Signal Corps, Pictorial Service
Production Company US War Department
Audio/Visual sound, BW
Language English


Reviews

Reviewer: Angiebaby - - October 7, 2013
Subject: Compare and Contrast 2
Compare this movie to "Duck and Cover" (1951) and contrast reality with propaganda. Children were still being shown "Duck and Cover" in the 1960's and expected not to question the effectiveness of these "protective measures"! It's hard to imagine that people could remain ignorant of such important truths for so long. "The Atom Strikes!" would have been more appropriate educational material, in my opinion, but obviously too real for the American public at the time. Thank goodness for the internet and access to information.
Reviewer: CGourley - - June 17, 2006
Subject: Compare and Contrast
Excellent primary source document of destruction from the viewpoint of the victors. Compare this version with the more subjective and shorter edited version "A Tale of Two Cities" to see how musical score and careful selection and arrangement of images can change the overall message. NOte, too, the interview with the priest, when asked to comment on the use of the atomic bomb. He reads from a prepared statement and is not, at least to this viewer, altogether convincing in his support of the bomb's use. But then he was in the presence of the occupiers. And likely still in shock. I wonder what he might have said after a year or five or ten.
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